On December 3rd, 2009, the Ontario legislature gave third reading to Bill 212 and then passed the Bill, now known as the Good Government Act 2009. The existing Provincial legislation affected by the passing of Bill 212 includes the Religious Organizations’ Lands Act, R.S.O. 1990, Ch. R. 23 (“ROLA”). The provisions of ROLA apply to unincorporated religious organizations and prescribe, in part, the manner in which trustees may acquire, hold and alienate interests in real property on behalf of an unincorporated religious organization. Prior to the passing of the Bill 212, the trustees of an unincorporated religious organization had the power to lease lands not required for the religious purposes of the organization, but ROLA limited the aggregate term of any lease granted by trustees, inclusive of all renewals, to a period not to exceed forty (40) years. One of the effects of Bill 212 is to amend ROLA to eliminate the forty (40) year restriction on leases. Effectively, at least as far as leases of real property are concerned, Bill 212 has placed unincorporated religious organizations and congregations on the same footing as incorporated churches or faith groups. The Ontario Court of Appeal had held many years ago in Re Incorporated Synod of the Diocese of Toronto and H.E.C. Hotels Ltd. et al, that the provisions of ROLA have no application to an incorporated religious body.